Memorial Day is only a few days away, and barbeque and picnic planning is well underway. Unfortunately, sugary drinks and potato chips have become picnic staples here in the U.S. NPR recently revealed that Americans are eating only 1.5 cups of the recommended 2-3 cups of vegetables per day. The majority of these vegetables come in the form of processed potatoes and tomatoes, with only ten percent coming from dark green and orange veggies (sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and other leafy greens).
A twelve-ounce cola, small by today’s standards, has over ten teaspoons of sugar. A great way to ditch the soda and “Rethink Your Drink” is to make infused water. Simply add any combination of sliced strawberries, citrus, fresh herbs and cucumbers to a large pitcher of water and chill.
Since the holiday weekend is fast approaching, I thought it would be a great time to share some quick, simple, and healthy recipes that could be made as an alternative to salty and sugary treats for a picnic or barbeque this weekend.
It’s looking like we’ll have nice weather to look forward to here in Crescent City. I hope you all enjoy good company, and even better food this weekend!